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“My Casino Caper” by Edd Byrnes

You know Edd Byrnes from the John Travolta movie ‘Grease’ where he played Vince Fontaine, the star of National Bandstand for the dance contest scene. Or if you were around in the 60’s, he became a household name playing ‘Kookie’ on TV’s ’77 Sunset Strip’. His recording of ‘Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb’, earned him a gold record. He went on to many movies, TV and stage roles. In the 60s, 

Edd was receiving more fan mail than any actor in the history of the Warner Brothers studio. Even more than Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart or James Cagney at the height of their popularity. Now Edd finally reveals what happened to him when he hit the jackpot in Las Vegas, with his ex-girlfriend and a criminal trying to ‘latch on to his winnings’ before he could even deposit the check. ‘My Casino Caper’ details that event. 

Edd asked his actor friends to re-create what happened 20 years ago, so Alan Young, David Hedison & Henry Silva recorded as themselves because they had helped Edd with the situation. Edd worked auto-biographical material into the story, giving listeners inside information on his rise to fame. The criminal, who stalked Edd, must remain anonymous. He’s played by Michael Callan of ‘Cat Ballou’ & ‘Mysterious Island’ fame. Edd’s two ex-girlfriends, who must also remain anonymous, are played by other actresses. Other than that, Edd discloses all the other details in this audio.

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